Education Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education

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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.

Is this Program for Me?

The doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education prepares graduates to improve the education of children in early childhood educational settings. The program emphasizes research, scholarly activity and field experiences in the areas of curriculum development, management of group learning environments, and assessment of student learning outcomes and programs.

Students will be able to finish this degree in approximately five years if they are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester). If students attend school part-time, it will take longer to complete the program.

What will I learn?

The C & I – Early Childhood Education doctoral program underscores foundations of educational theory, processes of teaching and assessing young children and research methodology.

Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Internship
  • Candidacy research project
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

They will also develop essential knowledge and skills in order to:

  • Write, present and publish scholarly research
  • Evaluate and develop Early Childhood curriculum
  • Teach management of learning environments
  • Assess student learning outcomes
  • Plan, design, and evaluate teacher professional development programs
  • Evaluate Learning Programs

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Early Childhood Education.

What can I do with my degree?

This program prepares students for careers in:

  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Administration
  • Hospitals
  • Child-Related Mental Health and Medical Agencies
  • Private Sectors
  • Regional Service Centers
  • State Departments of Education

Graduates with an Ed. D. in C & I - Early Childhood Education may pursue the following positions:

  • College or University Professors
  • Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Educational Research Analysts
  • Program evaluators

To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist.

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